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What if a robot could help children with autism learn? [VIDEO]

Yesterday we had a look at a game to feel sensory overload like persons suffering from autism do. Another way of working on that topic using technology is the approach of an interdisciplinary team of mechanical engineers and autism experts at Vanderbilt University. They developed a humanoid robot to train children with autism. See the following video for details:

The researches demonstrate that robotic systems may be powerful tools for enhancing the basic social learning skills of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Writing in the March issue of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, the researchers report that children with ASD paid more attention to the robot and followed its instructions almost as well as they did those of a human therapist in standard exercises used to develop joint attention skill.

via Humanoid robot helps train children with autism

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Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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